Oil and Gas Legend Philip Burguières Passes Away

Well-known Houston business and community leader, Philip Burguières, passed away on the on the evening of June 30, 2016. Burguières began his career at Cameron Iron Works, Inc. in Houston, Texas. In 1981, he was named President and Chief Operating Officer and by 1986 he was one of the youngest Chie..

Continuum Energy Appoints New President and CEO

Continuum Energy, LLC names David House president and CEO of the company effective July 1. House succeeds Jason Few in the role and has been working at Continuum since early June as part of a leadership transition plan. House brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Continuum, most rece..

Alan Snider Named President/COO at Laney Directional Drilling

Alan Snider, a veteran of more than 26 years in designing and managing complex horizontal directional drilling and Direct Pipe®  projects for pipeline crossings, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer at Laney Directional Drilling. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Snider is r..

Super Products Expands Field Support Team

Super Products LLC has expanded its field support team with the additions of Jason Mears, Terry Galica, Russ Coaliron, and Mike Reis. In their roles as regional sales manager, Mears, Galica and Coaliron will focus on supporting the company’s industrial products including its line of Supersucker® va..


Association News The Gas Processors Association has changed its name to GPA Midstream Association. The association has about 100 corporate members of all sizes. The GPA corporate office is located in Tulsa, OK. Wolverine Pipe Line Company was recognized for safety and environmental performance by ..

Pipeline Opportunities Conference Focuses on Moving Forward

If the attendance and tone of the speakers at the 12th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference, held March 22, serves as a harbinger of what lies ahead for the energy business, things are starting to look up. About 350 participants filled the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Houston’s Galleria District to h..

PG&E Gas Safety Leader Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

Austin Hastings, director of codes, standards and training in Gas Operations for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, won the Distribution Achievement Award at the American Gas Association’s annual Operations Conference held April 21-24 in Phoenix. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have..

Taking the Cover off the Shale Revolution

Buy it, sit down and read The Green and the Black, The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy by Gary Sernovitz,(St. Martin’s Press, 2016,. $27.99). The shale revolution prompted by the development of hydrofracking has changed the face of energy i..

American Midstream Appoints Peter Fasullo to the Board of Directors of its General Partner

American Midstream Partners, LP has appointed Peter Fasullo to the board of directors of its general partner, which is controlled by an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC, following the resignation of Rose Robeson, effective June 14, 2016. Fasullo will serve as an independent director and ..

Barry Abel Joins CIRCOR Energy

Barry Abel has joined CIRCOR Energy as North American Midstream Manager. Abel, who has more than 40 years of experience in the valve and midstream industry, will be responsible for Trunnion Mounted Valve (KF Valves Welded Body & P3) and Engineered Valve (Pibiviesse) sales into North American Transm..

Burns & McDonnell Expands Leadership Team For Oil and Gas Infrastructure Project Development

Burns & McDonnell has added four senior project managers to its oil and gas design-build teams in Houston and Denver. Steve Adcock and Jeremy Wilkerson have joined Burns & McDonnell as senior project managers in the Houston region and Kirsten Glesne and Chris McFarland are senior project managers b..

AGDC Names LNG Expert as New President

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) Board of Directors appointed Keith M. Meyer as its new president. The announcement followed a five-month national search initiated in December, following the resignation of Dan Fauske. Meyer will assumes his new role June 15. Meyer has more than 35 ..

HazTek Names Randal L. Tigert Principal Safety Consultant

HazTek Inc., has appointed Randal L. Tigert to the position of Principal Safety Consultant for its Gulf Coast Regional Office in Houston, Texas. An expert in safety with over 39 years of experience, Tigert has traveled the world to provide hands-on training in more than 15 countries and has served ..

Trelleborg Appoints New Managing Director for Brazilian Offshore Operation

Trelleborg has appointed Sebastian Araujo as Managing Director of its Brazilian manufacturing facility in Macae. Araujo has an extensive background in the oil and gas subsea sector, previously holding general and commercial management roles in pipe coating and pipe bending service companies such ..

Finance Partner Dale D. Smith Returns to Bracewell

Bracewell LLP announced the return of Dale D. Smith as a partner in the Houston office. Smith, who was previously at Bracewell from 2001-2011, comes from Locke Lord LLP. Smith’s practice focuses on energy finance and upstream and midstream commercial transactions. His finance experience includes th..

EIA Veteran to Lead Energy Ventures Analysis' Natural Gas and Petroleum Practice

Michael Schaal, former Director of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Office of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Analysis, is joining Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. to lead the company’s Natural Gas and Petroleum practice. Over his 30-year career, Schaal has gained extensive expe..

PGJ Editor Finalist for Industry Award

Pipeline & Gas Journal Editor Jeff Share is a finalist for a Houston Press Club Lone Star Award for magazine columns. Share wrote a column entitled “Goodbye to a Friend and Colleague” in memory of Carol Freedenthal, a longtime writer for the magazine who died last summer. Freedenthal wrote a semi-..

AP Interview: Qatar Energy Minister Wants 'Fair' Oil Price

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The oil market is slowly recovering from its steep drop over the past two years but crude is still not trading at a “fair price” to encourage necessary investment, Qatar’s energy and industry minister said Tuesday, ahead of next week’s meeting of OPEC producers. Speaking to The A..

Former Brazil Energy Minister New CEO at Troubled Petrobras

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian energy minister Pedro Parente has been named by acting President Michel Temer as the new CEO of state-run oil giant Petrobras. Parente was picked Thursday to replace Aldemir Bendine, an appointee of now suspended President Dilma Rousseff. The new Petrobras CEO..

Canadian Energy Minister Speaks Out on Downturn

Alberta has a glut of oil and natural gas hanging over the energy markets these days, but there’s another commodity piling up in the province, waiting to burst out: frustration. According to the Calgary Herald, frustration was a prevailing theme for the province’s energy minister – and many industr..

Burner Tips: The Steps Before the Negotiation Room

What Energy Executives Should Be Asking Themselves Today In the first half of 2015, Chesapeake trailed only ExxonMobil as the top producer of natural gas. At the time, natural gas was down over half from the $6.15/MMBtu peak seen in the previous year, sliding daily. Highly hedged, $10 billion in d..

Employment Specialist Offers Advice to Managers

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal These are certainly difficult times for the oil and gas industry, and unfortunately there is no quick end in sight for this downturn. Because this is a cyclical industry, hard decisions have to be made by management trying to protect their stressed operations. Tho..

Q&A: A Day in the Life of an Ironworker

It pays to learn a trade. That’s a story that Chris Jania can talk about. Jania, 43, has been a member of the Ironworkers Local Union 84 for 20 years and has been involved in a number of energy-related projects because he took the time to learn his craft, and learn it well. A Sagittarius, Jania emb..

Q&A: Wearing Many Hats No Problem for Ralph LaRossa

Ralph A. LaRossa is a busy man these days. His company, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G), is embarking on an extensive multi-year upgrading of its North Jersey and environs territory (see related article). His peers at the American Gas Association thought enough of his experience and abilit..